July 30, 2013 – After more than a month of silence, the winner of a $131.5 million Powerball jackpot, who bought the winning ticket at a South Philadelphia beer distributor, has come forward to claim the prize.
Patricia Chandler, a resident of Upper Darby, Delaware County in Pennsylvania, is now $77.4 million richer before taxes, after she chose the cash option for the $131.5 million annuity prize this afternoon.
Chandler was the only ticket holder to match all five white balls and the red Powerball drawn Saturday, June 22. The numbers were 13, 19, 23, 33, 57, and the Powerball was 28.
Federal Beer, the beer distributor where she bought her ticket, received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
Executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery Todd Rucci said that Chandler’s win “ranks as the fourth largest Powerball cash prize ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.”
The largest cash prize ever awarded by the Pennsylvania Lottery was a $110.2 million prize won by a New Jersey couple in 2004.
Rucci expressed his gratitude to Lottery players for supporting older Pennsylvanians, as the Lottery’s proceeds fund programs for senior citizens.
“”Powerball and Power Play sales during our most recent fiscal year generated more than $120 million dollars for important programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians,” Rucci added.